MP Naomi Long is under considerable pressure to hold on to her seat in this election as the Ulster Unionist Party, in an electoral pact, has agreed not to stand in the constituency, giving the advantage to the DUP candidate Gavin Robinson. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The Alliance Party yesterday launched its campaign to retain its seat at Westminster by holding its “candidates’ launch” in east Belfast.The party’s (...)

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Peter Robinson (right) and deputy leader Nigel Dodds pose for a photograph at the party’s policy conference in the village of Templepatrick, Co Antrim. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson has said his party would work with the Conservatives or Labour in the event of a hung parliament follo(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to renew pressure on the British government to agree to an inquiry into the August 1971 Ballymurphy killings which resulted in 11 killings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to renew pressure on the British government to agree to an inquiry into the August 1971 Ballymurphy killings which re(...)

Gary Hart has said “you can’t attract 12 or 15 or 24 executive vice presidents of fairly substantial corporations to come over here for three or four days if there is confusion or lack of resolution on budgetary issues”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A planned visit to the North by major US investors this spring or early summer hinges on the reactivation of the Stormont House Agreement, retired Ame(...)

Ashers, which has six shops employing 62 people, is being prosecuted for refusing to bake a cake with a slogan stating “Support Gay Marriage”. It was also to feature the Sesame Street puppets, Bert and Ernie, with their arms around one another. Photograph: Getty

A rally was held in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on Tuesday night in support of the Ashers Baking Company ahead of a legal case on Thursday that is (...)

Martin McGuinness described the comments as ‘total nonsense’ and said Sinn Féin’s has made significant contributions to the economy in the North.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Martin McGuinness has rejected suggestions by Goldman Sachs that Sinn Féin represents the main threat to the growth of Ireland’s economy as “total no(...)

Gerry Adams: Described the State Department’s postponement of a meeting with a senior US diplomat as “bizarre”. Photograph: The Irish Times

The US State Department declined to respond to criticism by Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams that its decision to cancel his meeting with a high-rankin(...)

SDLP MLA Alban Maginness has branded a UUP and DUP election the pact as “predictable and narrow minded” and said his party would not enter into a similar deal with Sinn Féin, to concentrate the nationalist vote.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The SDLP has ruled out an electoral pact with Sinn Féin following an agreement between the North’s two main unionist parties in four Westminster const(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson: described his target for the British general election as being “returning East Belfast to DUP hands”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The two main unionist parties in Northern Ireland have joined forces to form what is being described as an “historic unionist pact” ahead of the Westm(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has accused the US government of behaving bizarrely after a meeting with a senior official in Washington DC was postponed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams will now meet US State Department officials in Washington on St Patrick’s Day following confusion around whether the d(...)